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Ambassador tells of bombing 'madness'.

Britain's ambassador to Germany called the Royal Air Force firebombing of Hamburg that killed some 40,000 people 60 years ago a terrible example of the madness that swept Europe in World War Two.

Sir Peter Torry said yesterday the nine-day bombardment by 3,000 aircraft dropping 9,000 tonnes of bombs that caused a firestorm was a tragic and terrifying attack.

'A madness gripped Europe between 1939 and 1945,' Torry said in a speech marking the 60th anniversary of the start of 'Operation Gomorrah', a campaign of raids that left a million people homeless in Germany's second city.

'The events of July 1943 were a particularly terrible and destructive part of that madness.

'The statistics of what happened in Hamburg from 24 July to 2 August 1943 are terrifying,' said Torry, who stopped short of an apology for the firebombing. He spent several years as a child in the bombed out northern port city in the early 1950s when his father, an officer in the British army, was stationed there.
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Date:Jul 25, 2003
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